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Cheap, Everyday Eats in Carroll Gardens

I just moved from Union Sq/East Village to Carroll Gardens, and I'm trying to find about a dozen everyday places that I can eat. I know that Smith Street has tons of great restaurants, but most of them are pretty expensive, and not the sort of everyday fare I'm looking for. I've also seen many good delis, but they appear to be closed after 6 on weekdays, which is a problem.

So where do you go out to eat everyday? I've found Zaytoon's and this little place with fried chicken on Degraw and Clinton. But I've only been here for a week.

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  1. If you venture a bit further into Cobble Hill there's Waterfalls on Atlantic between Clinton and Henry. Also if you walk down Union, past Hicks into the beginnings of Red Hook there are several places--Ferdinandos Foccaceria, Schnack, and some other places on Columbia--Margaret Palca Bakes, an Australian savory pie place are a few that stick in my mind.

    1. Joya on Court Street is the best of the neighborhood Thai places in my opinion. Easy take out. Also good for a quick bite or take out is Cafe Cubana on Smith Street. Lots of under $10 options.

      1. Dinner takeout, especially of the cheap variety, is not Carroll Gardens' strength.

        That said, if you like sandwiches for dinner, try Hanco on Bergen and Smith. They've got $4 bahn-mi which are among the best in the city. I'll also second Waterfalls and the Union St crawl, but I think Cubana Cafe is bland and awful.

        You might also find this thread interesting.
        http://www.chowhound.com/topics/382342

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        Waterfalls Cafe
        144 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Hanco's
        85 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Joya
        215 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

        Cubana Cafe
        272 Smith St, Brooklyn, NY 11231

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        1. re: oolah

          definately hit EM, the thai joint right next to Po. their weekday lunch special is only 7 bux and awesome. i eat it many times a week. also, even if you venture off of the lunch special menu, everything is a really good value. some of the nicest help in town, too.

          1. re: ben61820

            good to know, i have been wanting to try it. any stand out dishes?

            1. re: kam0424

              anything with duck is great there (esp the duck roti). Em is much much better than Joya.

              to chime in on other stuff --

              pizza at Layla Jones
              savory pies at Damascus (meat / chicken / spinach and feta / etc)
              falafel wraps at Sinaa
              Hancos for bahn mi
              lunch specials at Chance
              won ton soup from Me and My Egg Roll
              panini pressed sandwiches at Chop Chop

              and if you want a more substantial meal, try the prix fixe bargains on Smith Street at Saul, Chestnut, Patois, etc.

        2. Thanks everyone. I'm going to try these places. Anyone else have suggestions? Are there places in Park Slope that'll do delivery to Carroll Gardens? I'm totally new to the area, but I guess to those others who are also new, you would be remiss to not check out the food vendors at the Red Hook ballfields. Now that's some good food: http://events.nytimes.com/2006/08/23/...

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          1. re: eatingsteve

            The Thai and Indian places are generally cheap. I like EM better than Joya and Raga is my favorite Indian in the area (Bergen and Smith). I'm not sure what you consider cheap, but I really like Apartment 138 (also near Bergen & Smith). They have a ton of entrees in the $9 range. Chance (slightly upscale Chinese fusion) has a great lunch special. People here always talk about Joe's Superette and their rice balls. I guess it's a deli - I don't know how to categorize it, but it's an interesting place (Smith St. near 1st).

            1. re: eatingsteve

              There's also a new place called "Jessie's Kitchen" right across from the Met on Smith. Someone posted positive comments about it a few weeks ago and we tried a pepper/sausage and onion hero that was a bit greasy but very flavorful. It has a bright blue and yellow awning.

              1. re: dimples

                yeah, jessies is FINALLY open. i mean, i been waiting for them forever. good for them. hope they do well. imo, their aesthetic is bit...off. it looks kind of amazon cafe, no? havent eaten there yet.

            2. DUB pies, mentioned above, delivers throughout Carroll Gardens, which can be useful if you live on Hoyt or something and don't feel like walking to Columbia. while many don't like it, I do like the taqueria on Bergen and Court for burritos and such (prefer it to Buddy's which is lower on Court.) not supercheap, but if you want to grab some bread and cheese after 6, Stinky on Sackett (?) and Smith, a cheese store with some other items like deli meats and cheeses, is open until 8. agree that Zaytoons is by far the best takeout option in the area.

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              1. re: eeee

                I like Fatoosh on Hicks just off Atlantic (Brooklyn Heights side), I go for the rather large portion of grilled chicken, comes with several sides, for about $8, they also have shrimp, falafel, pitzas, little place that's always pretty busy when I go, one of my regular everyday dinner spots.

                I'l also second Joya, I take out from there probably once a week. It's very good, not amazing, but very cheap and extremely quick.

                For a reasonably priced fairly quick pasta dish I head to Sal's on Court and Degraw

                1. re: eeee

                  I am not a fan of the taqueria on court and bergen and do prefer buddy's. I find the taqueria tasteless - I would try both so you can decide. Zaytoon's is fantastic but not cheap. And the fried chicken place is called Chicory which hasnt let us down yet but I dont eat chicken. Brooklyn Bread way down court is fantastic (I am not sure if they deliver). EM is great as well- try the spicy basil noodles. World Pie does a nice grandma pie also on lower court. And there is always the Park Natural the mini-super on court as well. I second Hanco's - I also like bedouin tent on Atlantic and the indian place on court close to atlantic across from the pet store does a really good vegetable roti - very cheap, I cant vouch for the rest of their food. And I love Naidre's on Henry - they have the best breakfast burrito and donut plant lavender donuts.

                  1. re: Ljubitca

                    We agree on Mexican and also dislike the Taqueria and like Buddy’s (Court off of Kane). IMO the Taqueria has a location and that’s it. I chuckle at all the people trying to look cool eating in front (and not succeeding I might add). Mexicali on Court just off Atlantic is also better option and should deliver to CG. We like Lobo (Court & Warren) for drinks and the bar is pretty cool (The owner told me how it was made) but that’s about it – all their dishes taste the same to me. For good smoothies, homemade juices and decent sandwiches you should try Nectar (Court off of Wycoff). Chicory (Degraw bet. Court & Clinton) has an assortment of homemade food fit for takeout and their chicken is good. For Thai we like Lemongrass, on Court (near the CVS on Pacific). We takeout their all the time and it does the job. We like the Cuban Café but man that space is tight, so don’t take a date, a spy or your blabby co-workers there unless you want all the tables around you hearing every word.

                    1. re: MShapiro

                      I tried Mexicali for the first time last week and was extremely disappointed. I had the seafood stew dish and it was extremely bland and the shellfish was clearly poor quality. Service took forever, and it took 15 minutes to get our check.

                      And Taqueria is awful too.

                    2. re: Ljubitca

                      i agree with bedouin tent, get the chicken pita and the stuffed grape leaves!